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Eggs and (shopping) baskets – first encounters with activism and their consequences…

I have a “theory”* that “activists” are like baby geese. When they peck through the hard shell of enforced apathy/functional stupidity that we are encouraged to encase ourselves in, then the first thing they see when they see the light … Continue reading

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Of silencing and silences as a mechanism of power. #slavery #conferences #crasscomparisons

There’s more than one way to skin a cat (I’m told). There’s more than one way to impose reality, to enforce a limited number of narratives. Plantation owners used to make sure their slaves came from different parts of Africa, … Continue reading

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Emotathons and social movements – a vicious cycle of smugness and stupidity

Doubtless people will tell me I haven’t offered positive alternatives. These would be people who haven’t read much of this blog. That’s fine, but before writing in to tell me I haven’t offered positive alternatives, why not try these for … Continue reading

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How to destroy your credibility with defensiveness and glib patronising nonsense #94

Here’s the edited highlights of an exchange I had recently. I had gone to an event. It wasn’t very good. Not very very bad, but just could have been better. And given the organisation’s recent travails, it needed to be … Continue reading

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The People’s Assembly Line – #Manchester fails to be revolutionary yet again

History lesson: In the mid-1920s Henry Ford had the car market sewn up. His Model Ts were everywhere. Thanks to automation and his clever anti-union action, the sale price was dropping year on year. Model T’s were also very reliable, … Continue reading

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Climate change? We need the *opposite* of the French Resistance

Not the opposite of courage. Not the opposite of hope for a better world.  Not the opposite of practical solidarity with those suffering under brutal regimes. The opposite of what then? One opposite thing – the compulsion to act in … Continue reading

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Crucial distinction: Participate versus Attend #socialmovements

A well-designed event allows people to participate without attending (by collecting their opinions beforehand, by phoning them during) A poorly-designed event* allows people to attend without participating (by creating sage-on-the-stage models, of the Great Speaker and rows upon rows of … Continue reading

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